These old fashioned treats have been around for ages!! Easy, quick and truly delicious! The recipe makes about 30 balls and should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
250g pitted dates
120g butter, cubed
180ml caster sugar
a pinch of salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 X 200g pack of Marie biscuits or digestives
250ml desiccated coconut
Chop the dates into small pieces with a knife.
Add the dates, butter, caster sugar and salt to a saucepan and put it over low heat until the sugar and butter has melted.
Cook the mixture on medium-low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Break the egg in a small bowl and lightly beat it with a fork. Put aside.
Add the biscuits to a plastic bag and smash it to rough crumbs with a rolling pin.
Remove the date mixture from the heat and allow to stand for a few minutes while stirring – bring down the intensity of the heat.
Now add the egg, stir it through and then the crushed biscuits and mix really well.
Scoop some of the date mixture into your hand and make a ball slightly smaller than a ping-pong ball. Keep going until all the mixture has been rolled into balls.
Spread the coconut in a tray and roll each date-ball in the coconut to cover completely.
Store in an airtight container, at room temperature.
Makes about 30 balls.